EXCLUSIVE: By Tom Powell
THE mystery surrounding a missing expat girl has deepened after three men – at least one likely to be British – were arrested for kidnapping.
The news came as it emerged that the mayor of Marbella’s stepson and his cousin had been out partying with missing Latvian Agnese Klavina, 30, on the night she disappeared.
The Olive Press can reveal that both voluntarily went in for questioning after their friend was ushered into a car outside Puerto Banus nightclub Aqwa Mist, at 6am, on September 6.
She has not been seen since, despite her clothes, passport and personal possessions being at her shared home in Nueva Andalucia.
Now three men, ‘one bald, stocky and British-looking, wearing shorts’, have been arrested and charged with ‘illegal detention’.
While National Police are refusing to confirm ages, nationalities or, even initials, they have apparently been released on bail.
According to mayor Angeles Munoz’s stepson, Joakim Broberg, the arrests came after police scoured CCTV evidence from around the resort, as well as the nightclub itself.
“They showed me a still from the CCTV and asked if I could identify a bald man seen outside the club,” Broberg, 42, told the Olive Press.
He added that rumours sweeping the town of his involvement were ‘a load of bulls**t’.
However the estate agent, whose father Lars Broberg is married to the PP mayor, admitted that he had been out with Agnese on the night.
“I went home with my girlfriend at 3am while Agnese, my cousin Niclas and a few others went on to Aqwa Mist. They left the club at around 5am after Agnese met another girl.
“I sent her a WhatsApp on the Saturday but it never came up as delivered, and when nobody could reach her we reported it to the police.”
While the investigation continues in ‘secret’, Olive Press sources reveal that police have searched six houses and several cars.
There is talk of links with other missing women.
What is certain is that Agnese, 30, had been living in Marbella since May, initially moving here on a three month contract at beach restaurant Ocean Club. She previously worked in London with boyfriend Michael Millis, owner of Westbourne Studios Club.
Her last job in Spain though was at popular restaurant Guey, in Nueva Andalucia, where she was allegedly sacked after sitting down with friends to drink and smoke in the middle of a shift.
A source at the restaurant said: “She was a lovely person but a real party animal.”
Agnese, who drove a rented Jeep, began the evening of September 6 partying with Joakim, Niclas and friends at the Living Room bar in Puerto Banus, which closed at 3am.
They then moved on to Aqwa Mist where she was later snapped with the last of the group two hours before her disappearance.
While her friends were all interviewed by police the following week, incredibly, officers did not visit Aqwa Mist to take CCTV footage until four days later, just before it would have been automatically deleted, according to a source.
The video appears to be crucial, as it shows two men encouraging Agnese to get into a car.
“It is possible she was just going to an after-party with them, and it doesn’t look like she had had her drink spiked or anything in the photo,” said Broberg. “But it is very hard to tell.”
Agnese’s ex-boyfriend Millis flew to Marbella from London to join her sister Gunta Klavina in the search days later.
They set up a Facebook page, a Gofundme page and placed ‘missing’ posters along the Costa del Sol.
But Millis is anything but happy with the investigation and lack of publicity the case has been getting.
“It’s so frustrating, police won’t tell us anything because of this so-called secrecy order,” he said.
“People even started taking posters down in the port because of the negative effect on tourism.”
Incredibly, this claim was backed up by the mayor’s very own stepson Broberg.
“I have been trying to help with the investigation as a witness, and I’ve asked my stepmother [the mayor] to put pressure on them to find her.
“But police told me to stop putting up posters and stay out of it.”
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